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Old 04-28-2019, 07:34 PM   #1
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City/Gravity Water Hatch

My city/gravity water connection hatch is getting kinda ratty looking, even if I clean it.
Has anyone replaced it with a nicer one?

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Old 04-28-2019, 09:26 PM   #2
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I'd like to replace mine with one that has a lockable cover. I've seen them but I don't know if or how you can retrofit one to an Escape.
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I'd like to replace mine with one that has a lockable cover. I've seen them but I don't know if or how you can retrofit one to an Escape.

This is what I have. Used to be the one they used. It locks, but I wouldn't call it secure. You can see how easy it is to bend. Good place to collect dirt too. And, not easy to attach city water because it's so tight.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:28 PM   #4
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This is what I have. Used to be the one they used. It locks, but I wouldn't call it secure. You can see how easy it is to bend. Good place to collect dirt too. And, not easy to attach city water because it's so tight.


Glenn, I would like something like what you have, but maybe more sturdy?
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Whether you replace it, or just improve the existing one, an appearance issue with all of the common plastic RV fittings is that their finish deteriorates in sunlight... so if you paint it with a suitable spray paint (intended for plastics) it will stay nicer. The colour of the trailer's gelcoat finish can be matched pretty closely, which is a bonus. Painting it while it is off of the trailer is easier and more effective.
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This is what I have. Used to be the one they used. It locks, but I wouldn't call it secure. You can see how easy it is to bend. Good place to collect dirt too. And, not easy to attach city water because it's so tight.
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Glenn, I would like something like what you have, but maybe more sturdy?
It might be reasonable to build your own box mounting the two fixtures, mounted behind a stock access hatch. You custom box could angle the city water inlet down (so the hose hangs without bending stress) and the fill port up (to make it easier to fill, it could be shaped for easy cleaning, it could be large enough to use comfortably, and it could be as strong as you want.

Jim Bennett built his own covered box and described it in this thread:
Low Pressure Quick Connect Install
Although it is for a propane connector, not water, the general construction approach could still be used. Of course, for an Escape it would also be appropriate to build the box of fiberglass rather aluminum; it could still be riveted or bolted in place.
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Old 04-29-2019, 01:56 AM   #7
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if you paint it with a suitable spray paint (intended for plastics) it will stay nicer.

Krylon Fusion in Dover White.
I used it to match the propane tanks cover to the trailer.
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Fred, try using "303" on your plastic components, may help with protection.
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Fred, try using "303" on your plastic components, may help with protection.
Jim I still use in the wheel wheels Helps in cleaning . Still had plastic degrade , reason for changing what I could to stainless and getting rid of the 9 in bath Vent . The UV 's will still deteriorate the plastic no matter how much 303 you apply . I made a door to surround the water inlets especially when we almost lost the water cap Strap was broken . Pat
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In our bus, I used two of the Seafit SS inlets mounted on a SS plate which I made for city water and water tank fill. They worked great for many years. You would have to fabricate a recessed SS box to hold the fittings. https://www.westmarine.com/plumbing-inlets
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